Day in history for April 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The four newspapers of Davenport have joined The Argus in taking strong ground against the sale of the island of Rock Island and in favor of preserving it for a national armory.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A Davenport woman proposes to prove, if her challenge is accepted, that she can wash 1,000 shirts in 250 hours.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Bitter words were exchanged and rival factions were on the point of trading blows at the Rock Island County Republican convention. Nominated for county offices are G.W. Gamble, J.K. Scott, L.V. Eckhart and M.A. Gould.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City men will confer with Washington officials tomorrow regarding more work for Rock Island Arsenal.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island firemen battled a sawdust fire more than two hours Wednesday afternoon at the Rock Island Millwork Company. Only negligible damages resulted from the smoldering fire in one of the three elevated sawdust hoppers which feeds sawdust fuel to the company's power plant. Spontaneous combustion is believed to have caused the fire.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline police have asked the public to watch for a dangerous chlorine gas cylinder, stolen from Sentry Pool and Chemical Supply, Inc., 1529 46th Ave., Moline. Police say the cylinder is silver with a red cap, 5 feet long and 18 inches in diameter. Printed on the side of the tank is Midwest Chlorine Co.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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